This just in: Tennessee has fired coach Rod Delmonico after the Volunteers missed the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
“Earlier today I informed coach Rod Delmonico of my intention to take the baseball program in a different direction,” athletics director Mike Hamilton said in a statement. “I appreciate the job Rod has done for the University of Tennessee. During his tenure, three appearances in the College World Series, a number of great wins and numerous great players have provided our fans with many fond memories.
“In recent years, however, we have lacked the consistency in Southeastern Conference regular season and NCAA postseason play that is expected of all our programs at the University of Tennessee. I did not have a clear indication that would change in the near future.
“We all wish coach Delmonico well in the future, and a national search will begin immediately for a new head baseball coach.”
I’ll start the rumor mill with a suggestion for a fine potential replacement. Clemson assistant coach Kevin O’Sullivan would seem to be a nice fit in Knoxville. Clemson assistant coaches have done just fine in the SEC–just ask Vanderbilt if it is happy with the job Tim Corbin is doing–and O’Sullivan is one of the hardest-working recruiters and finest pitching coaches around. This is just idle speculation, mind you, but I figured I’d toss it out there.